Alexandria Technical & Community College

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Diesel Mechanics  

The Diesel Mechanics program at Alexandria Technical & Community College has partnered with Caterpillar through Ziegler, Inc. to allow students to train on the most up-to-date technologies.

Through a combination of in-depth lectures, detailed textbooks, and class projects, students learn diesel theory, proper work procedures, and safety, while they study career-specific course material.

Inside the state-of-the-art diesel lab is where the real training begins as students learn hands-on how to diagnose, service, and repair  the diesel engines and system components found on today’s Cummins, CAT, Detroit Diesel, Mack, Spicer, and Rockwell heavy duty trucks and equipment. Students train on a wide variety of diesel equipment, from farm machines to highway vehicles and heavy equipment still in service, the Diesel Mechanics program at Alexandria Technical & Community College incorporates the latest techniques and technology used in the diesel industry today.

Students are instructed and guided by industry experienced faculty as they use diagnostic instruments, shop manuals, and their own hand tools to troubleshoot, disassemble, inspect, repair, and reassemble diesel engines and equipment in a modern shop environment.

The Diesel Mechanics Curriculum

The curriculum of the Diesel Mechanics program at Alexandria Technical & Community College is made up of the following career-specific classes:

  • Diesel Industry Fundamentals
  • Hydraulic Fundamentals
  • DC Electricity
  • Diesel Electronic Systems
  • Power Trains I
  • Diesel Engines I
  • Diesel Fuel Systems
  • HVAC Systems
  • Applied Failure Analysis
  • Diesel Servicing
  • Diesel Engines II
  • Braking Systems
  • Electronic Engines/Controls
  • Power Trains II
  • Advanced Hydraulics
  • Job Seeking/Keeping Skills
  • Internship

Students who are working towards the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree will also be required to take Applied Technical Mathematics, People and the Environment, Technical Writing, and two general elective classes. Students are required to complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Diesel Mechanic Job Field

As the diesel industry continues to grow rapidly, job opportunities for qualified diesel mechanics is expected to increase 11% by the year 2020, as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States in 2014 was $45,160, while the mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of Minnesota was $45,780 yearly and $22.01 hourly, 1% higher than the national average.

Graduates of the Diesel Mechanics program at Alexandria Technical & Community College will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training needed to succeed as a qualified diesel mechanic in today’s heavy-duty truck and diesel equipment industry.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and Diesel Mechanics Diploma

Alexandria Technical & Community College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Mechanics as well as a one-year Diesel Mechanics Diploma. Both the Associate of Applied Science Degree program and the Diesel Mechanics Diploma program are Pell Grant eligible. 

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